Sean McVay shares what makes Deebo Samuel such a special player ahead of matchup with 49ers

Sean McVay discussed what makes Deebo Samuel an elite player in the NFL ahead of the impending matchup between the Rams and the 49ers.

The Los Angeles Rams are gearing up for what is expected to be a physical matchup with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football in Week 4. With the Rams preparing to game plan for Deebo Samuel, Sean McVay spoke highly of the versatile wide receiver.

“Just contact balance. He’s strong, he’s elusive, you just look at him and he’s wired to be able to separate and run routes all over the place because he’s an elite receiver,” McVay said. “But he’s also built like an elite running back. The thing that stands out is the toughness and the contact balance, and just the feel. There are certain guys that just have a great feel for space. I think he stays grounded in their perimeter screen game, but he’s just a great football player.”

In recent years, Samuel has become a player that the Rams have struggled to contain. The All-Pro wideout combined for 371 total yards and four total touchdowns in the three matchups with Los Angeles last season (including the NFC title game).

What makes Samuel such a unique player is the 49ers deploy him in a variety of ways as he’ll see snaps at wide receiver and running back. Even though Samuel has gotten off to a slow start through the air with 12 receptions for 131 yards in the first three weeks, he’s still posting 7.5 yards after contact per reception, which is the third-best mark among wide receivers with 15-plus targets.

Slowing down Samuel is easier said than done and McVay understands that it’s going to be a tall task for the defense of the Rams to contain the Pro Bowl wide receiver on Monday night.

Throwback Thursday: Rams played first regular season game as the ‘Los Angeles Rams’ on this date in 1946

Two pioneers of modern football had a hand in the #Rams’ first game as they exist today in 1946.

According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Los Angeles Rams played their inaugural regular season games as “The Los Angeles Rams” on this date, Sept. 29, 1946.

Their matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles was a tough 25-14 loss at the L.A. Coliseum, marking the first defeat in the franchise’s history, as it is known today.

Check out the short video commemorating the occasion that was put together by the Pro Football Hall of Fame:

This game’s historical significance cannot be understated. As mentioned in the clip posted to Twitter, two pioneers of modern football were included in the starting lineup for Los Angeles. Woody Strode and Kenny Washington were key figures in the re-integration of professional football, which had been racially segregated from 1933 until the 1946 season.

Both players were born in Los Angeles, California, and attended UCLA where they were teammates in a defensive secondary that also featured MLB trailblazer Jackie Robinson. The unit came to be known as the “Gold Dust Gang,” and helped the Bruins to a Rose Bowl tie with the USC Trojans in 1940. Washington was an All-American selection in 1939, and his number 13 jersey is retired by UCLA’s football program.

Strode had his own share of success in his football career, eventually playing for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, winning a Grey Cup championship, which is equivalent to a Super Bowl.

Strode would continue playing professional football through the 1949 season, while Washington retired a year earlier in 1948. Their legacies live on, and the impact of their storied careers continue to influence the shape of the game of football.

Without their help, the game wouldn’t be what it is today. It was their determination and character that opened the door for countless athletes to make the jump to the NFL, and without the foundation they laid back in the 1940’s, the league, let alone the Rams, may not exist as they do today.

Aaron Donald leads defensive tackles in pass-rush win rate through Week 3

Aaron Donald leads all DTs in pass-rush win rate despite being double-teamed on nearly every play through Week 3.

Aaron Donald is amid his ninth season in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams and he’s shown no signs of slowing down. Ahead of a divisional matchup with the San Francisco 49ers in Week 4, Donald leads all defensive tackles in pass-rush win rate through Week 3.

The All-Pro interior defender is way ahead of the pack when it comes to pass-rush win rate at the defensive tackle position. What makes it even more impressive is the fact that Donald is double-teamed at one of the highest rates in the league.

Through the first three weeks of the season, Donald has tallied 10 combined tackles, three tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, and two sacks. His latest sack came in Week 3 versus the Arizona Cardinals, becoming the fastest defensive tackle to reach 100 career sacks.

Even though the three-time Defensive Player of the Year turned 31 years old back in May, he continues to be one of the most dominant defensive players in the NFL. And if Donald continues to be as disruptive as he’s been to begin this season, he’ll likely be well on his way to earning his eighth straight first-team All-Pro selection.

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Cooper Kupp headlines annual ‘Taste of the Rams’ event at Sofi Stadium

Kupp will be among the #Rams in attendance at the event, which benefits the Los Angeles Food Bank.

The Los Angeles Rams have called on star wide receiver Cooper Kupp and others on their roster to host their annual “Taste of the Rams” event at Sofi Stadium on October 10th. In concert with the Los Angeles Food Bank, this will be the seventh year of the special occasion, and fans are invited to purchase tickets online to attend.

With some of the top chefs in the country set to attend, this year’s Taste of the Rams is set to be particularly interesting, with money raised from the event going to a great cause. Among the chefs who will participate in October are Deau Arpapornnopparat, Jason Beberman, and Josiah Citrin, who are all well-known in the Los Angeles culinary scene.

Individual tickets start at $250 and are likely to sell out as fans clamor to get their chance to see the Super Bowl champion Rams up close. Kupp was the only player that the team confirmed would be involved, though others are sure to join him for the night of gastronomical pleasure.

This year’s event will come a week after Los Angeles’ Week 4 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, October 10th, and will be just a day removed from the Rams’ Week 5 tilt against the Dallas Cowboys. With any luck, Los Angeles will emerge from these tilts with a clean bill of health, and turnout from members of the roster will be high in support of the community.

The raw amalgamation of talent, both in the culinary and football spheres, slated to be in attendance at this exclusive event is absolutely immense. With so many different tastes represented by their lineup of excellent chefs, the Rams have put together a night that fans won’t want to miss.

Jalen Ramsey touring Los Angeles area high schools, starting with Long Beach Poly on Wednesday

The #Rams star is speaking to the youth and making a lasting impression on football players at Los Angeles area high schools.

Los Angeles Rams star Jalen Ramsey is giving back to the community by touring area high schools, meeting with their football teams in an effort to inspire young people. He began his journey with a trip to Long Beach Poly High School yesterday, where he rubbed elbows with the talented players on their football team, even signing a shoe for one of the students.

The Rams announced the visit on Twitter, showing pictures of Ramsey with the team. Check out the photographs of the event below, and notice how excited the students are to be in the presence of the NFL’s premier lock-down cornerback:

As for the signed shoe, it would appear that Ramsey broke the pen in the second picture to put ink on one of the kid’s Crocs during his visit. In a follow-up tweet, the Rams’ social media czar pointed out the obvious excitement in the student’s face as he proudly displayed his unique momento:

Ramsey is a great candidate to speak to Los Angeles’ youth, and from what the Rams stated in their initial release, it seems that he will be making four more appearances to local high schools in the coming months.

For their part, the Long Beach Poly football team is 5-0 to start their 2022 campaign, and are on track to be one of the city’s more competitive squads in the Moore League athletic conference. With a few more wins, they could punch their ticket to the playoffs, and compete for a title later this season.

With the inspiration gained from Ramsey’s appearance, the team should have plenty of motivation to play their best football through the rest of their schedule. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity afforded to them on Wednesday is sure to make a lasting impression on the students, and will likely be the highlight of their season, win or lose.

Sean McVay wary of playing Jimmy Garoppolo on Monday night: ‘He’s a really good football player’

McVay knows Garoppolo will be a tough out in Week 4, and is getting his #Rams ready for the challenge of playing him on the road.

The Los Angeles Rams will have a difficult matchup on the road against the San Francisco 49ers in primetime on Monday night, and head coach Sean McVay knows what he is up against in the Week 4 tilt. Speaking to reporters on Monday, he intimated that Jimmy Garoppolo’s presence as the 49ers starting quarterback would make for a taxing week of game planning, and that he is not taking his opposition lightly.

Asked how San Francisco’s quarterback situation would effect the Rams’ preparation, and how he might be able to mitigate the historical success Garoppolo has had against the Rams, McVay started his comments by wishing injured 49ers quarterback Trey Lance well, and saying that Garoppolo is a consummate competitor.

“Number one, you never wish injuries on players,” He explained. “You hope Trey Lance makes a full recovery. But you also know that man, when he [Garoppolo] stayed on the roster, he’s such a really good football player that has definitely been outstanding for them. They’ve won a lot of games behind his guidance and leadership, and I think he’s a really good player. I don’t think it’s like he’s only played good against the Rams and he is never played good against anybody else.

“I mean, just look at his career record when he’s started for the 49ers since he and [San Francisco 49ers FB] Kyle have been together in ’17. It’s a pretty good movie for those guys. So he’s a really good football player. I don’t know if you ever really get too far ahead of yourself, but if you would say that, ‘I’m shocked that Jimmy’s in this position.’ No, I’m not shocked. I feel terrible that Trey ended up hurting his ankle, but that is a part of football and fortunately for them, they had two big time starting caliber quarterbacks on their roster. Now that’s where Jimmy’s in a position to be able to lead their team. I know they have a lot of confidence in in swagger with him at the switch.”

A win on Monday night would keep Los Angeles in the NFC West lead, and could set the table for divisional dominance as the season wears on. The Rams should have an advantage on paper, despite their many injuries, and as new contributors continue stepping forward to fill holes across the depth chart, this Week 4 matchup will be a good opportunity for some lesser known talent to show what they can do against a top-tier opponent.

Despite their quarterback change in 2022, San Francisco remains one of the tougher teams on Los Angeles’ schedule, and the challenge of playing them at Levi’s Stadium will be met with a creative strategy and full-bore effort. McVay isn’t taking anything for granted against the 49ers, and should have his squad in tip-top shape ahead of the primetime scrum.

Terrell Burgess helped distribute school supplies at LA elementary school

Terrell Burgess took some time this week to help give away backpacks and school supplies to students at Ritter Elementary School in LA.

Terrell Burgess spends the majority of his time during the week practicing with the Los Angeles Rams, preparing for the team’s upcoming opponent. However, this week, the former third-round pick took some time outside of practice to help give away backpacks and school supplies to students at Ritter Elementary School in Los Angeles.

Burgess partnered with UNIFY and Walmart to make the giveaway possible for the kids involved. The students were able to pick up a backpack and meet the third-year safety during the event.

Burgess, who is a California native, was seen giving high-fives and was all smiles while handing out school supplies to the students that showed up. It isn’t every day that you have an opportunity as a kid to meet a Super Bowl champion from the NFL.

On gamedays, Burgess is locked in and he’s focused on one goal, which is helping the Rams win. But whenever he isn’t strapping on a helmet and shoulder pads, he’s taking time out of his day to make sure he’s doing whatever he can to help the Los Angeles community.

Cooper Kupp is PFF’s highest graded WR through 3 weeks

Cooper Kupp has the highest PFF grade among all wide receivers through the first 3 weeks of the 2022 season.

Cooper Kupp has picked back up from where he left off a season ago with the Los Angeles Rams and he’s had a fantastic start to the 2022 campaign. Given the production he’s had to begin the season, PFF has handed Kupp the highest grade among wide receivers through the first three weeks.

Kupp finds himself ahead of other talented wideouts like Stefon Diggs, A.J. Brown, and Jaylen Waddle. It’s a bit surprising to see Drake London crack the top five, however, the rookie has been performing extremely well for the Atlanta Falcons.

The reigning Offensive Player of the Year had a quiet outing in Week 3 versus the Arizona Cardinals with only four receptions for 44 yards on six targets. Those numbers would have been exponentially better if Matthew Stafford and Kupp were able to connect on a deep throw in the second half that fell incomplete.

Despite the lack of production Kupp had in Week 3, the Super Bowl MVP still leads the league with 28 receptions while posting 280 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns. The veteran wide receiver also scored his first career rushing touchdown against the Cardinals on his first carry of the season.

There aren’t many wide receivers that contribute as much as Kupp does at the position, which makes him having the highest PFF grade far from a surprise.

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Bobby Wagner is NFL’s only active player with 1,400 or more tackles

Wagner is already a stalwart on the #Rams’ defense, and reached the remarkable 1400-tackle milestone in the team’s win over the #Cardinals

When Bobby Wagner signed with the Los Angeles Rams following his illustrious career with the division rival Seattle Seahawks, fans knew they were in for something special. The 32 year old linebacker has plenty of gas left in the tank, and added a new feather to his cap in Week 3, recording his 1400th tackle in the Rams’ win over the Arizona Cardinals.

The team took to Twitter to congratulate Wagner on the outstanding achievement. In a post made on Tuesday, they recognized the milestone, noting that he is the only player in the NFL with more than 1400 career tackles.

As stated at the bottom of the graphic, Wagner is just the 17th player to reach the 1400 tackle benchmark, and there is a good likelihood that he will continue adding to this gargantuan total through the rest of the 2022 season. Given the abnormal rate of injuries Los Angeles has sustained since training camp, the team will rely on Wagner’s steady play on defense, and his contributions will play a key role in their efforts to get back to a second consecutive Super Bowl.

Wagner is an 11-year veteran, and one of the league’s most revered linebackers. With his championship pedigree and wealth of experience contending at the highest level, his ability to serve as a mentor to the Rams’ up-and-coming defenders will prove to be invaluable to the unit’s development this season.

Already a stalwart in the middle of Los Angeles’ defense, Wagner has helped the team bounce back from their Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills and regain their first place position in the NFC West. Under his tutelage and with the benefit of his rock-solid play on nearly every down the team plats on his side of the ball, the Rams will continue reaping the benefits of Wagner’s presence on the field.

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Next Gen Stats behind Aaron Donald’s 100th career sack

Next Gen Stats showed the numbers that led to Aaron Donald’s historic 100th career sack vs. the Cardinals in Week 3.

Aaron Donald was able to record his 100th career sack in Week 3 versus the Arizona Cardinals, becoming the fastest interior defender in NFL history to reach 100 career sacks. Besides the impressive feat he achieved with the Los Angeles Rams, the Next Gen Stats behind Donald’s 100th career sack were interesting to see.

The All-Pro interior defender was able to sack Kyler Murray in the first quarter of the 20-12 win over the Cardinals to achieve 100 career sacks. According to Next Gen Stats, it took 5.14 seconds for Donald to chase down a scrambling Murray to earn the sack.

Donald never gives up on a play, and to prove his ability to provide unrelenting pressure, he traveled 20.5 yards to trip up Murray on the sack. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year joined John Randle as the only player to achieve 100 career sacks that primarily played defensive tackle and he has 10 more sacks than any other player in the NFL since being drafted in 2014.

There’s no doubt that Donald is already considered one of the best defensive players in NFL history. The scary thing is that he’ll have plenty more opportunities to further his legacy and produce insane numbers for the Rams.

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